Bluefin Tuna and Tuna Fillet-at-Sea Regulation Changes
Effective July 30, 2015, the following regulation changes are in effect for bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis):
Subsection 27.65(b)(11) – FILLETING OF FISH ON VESSELS.
(b) Fish That May be Filleted: No person shall fillet on any boat or bring ashore as fillets any fish, except in accordance with the following requirements: …
(11) For all species of tuna filleted on any boat or brought ashore as fillets south of a line running due west true from Point Conception, Santa Barbara County (34° 27′ N. lat.) each fish must be individually bagged as follows:
(A) The bag must be marked with the species’ common name.
(B) The fish must be cut into six pieces with all skin attached. These pieces are the four loins, the collar removed as one piece with both pectoral fins attached and intact, and the belly fillet cut to include the vent and with both pelvic fins attached and intact.